A travel to Italy, what you have to know before traveling?

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A travel to Italy, means getting lost in the midst of the flamboyant architecture of Rome, sit down in a Neapolitan restaurant to taste an authentic Italian pizza, ride a bike in the middle of the landscapes of the South, stroll in love in the alleys of Venice … there is always a good reason to travel and return to the country of la dolce vita. Having known an eventful and glorious past, Rome, the capital, alone deserves a visit. The city of seven hills has no less than 700 fountains and churches, testimony to an unparalleled architectural richness.

In Venice, the capital of love, the atmosphere is romantic along the Grand Canal, even if you come alone. In Tuscany, in the center-west of the country, you undoubtedly fall in love with the landscapes. Between mountains and beaches, this green region is renowned for the richness of its natural and cultural heritage, to discover absolutely.
If you plan to travel to Italy and you have the opportunity to choose in which period of the year you can visit Italy, then it would be ideal to choose a non-touristic period. Thus, follow our article for more information concerning your travel to Italy.

1. Best time to travel to Italy

The low season of tourism in Italy

You will have more opportunities to enjoy the cities you want to visit during the low tourism season in Italy. Because at this period there are fewer tourists so the towns won’t be too crowded as in the summer period, as you can find out the real Italian lifestyle. Last but not least, the low season period is the best time to save money; this period starts in Spring from April to the end of June, and in fall; September and October, moreover, the climate during these months is perfect because of pleasant weather and moderate temperature. So eventually the low season period is the best time to visit Italy.

2. Italian climate and temperature

The Italian climate is generally milder, and it’s rarely where the temperature exceeds 40° in summer and less than 10° in winter. Italy has a cold winter in general, and a rainy spring but with more sunny days. In contrast, summer season is hottest and dry with some thunderstorm and sometimes rainy but not cold because the Mediterranean Sea surrounding Italy affects the climate, which makes it milder, especially in the coastline, where the winter is warmer, and summer is cooler.
Because of Italian geography, we can divide the country into three climate zones:

2.1 The climate in the north

It is less hot by the coastline and very cold and snowy climate in winter during December, January, and February, while in summer it is too hot and wet.

2.2 The climate in central Italy

Between the city of Polonia and Roma, the climate is milder with some differences in cold and hot seasons because both seasons share the same lovely weather despite that the winter is more frigid and snowier sometimes; however, it is rarely a very hot summer.

2.3 The climate in the South and the principle islands

In this region, the weather is generally dry and hot, with poor rain and rich dryness. The winter is colder; however, the spring and autumn are nearer to summer with warm temperatures.

If you want to visit Italy, take into consideration our following tips and travel guide for a perfect trip.

1. Avoid traveling to Italy during official holidays

Usually, Italians holidays are in August, in particular, the weeks beginning on the 15th of August, this holiday is called Ferragosto, and this is the official holiday in Italy with fireworks, events, and airshow. If you plan to travel to Italy during this holiday, you ‘ll find empty cities, most of the retail stores closed, all businesses are off, and people are traveling or going to the beach. Despite all, the travel to Italy during this holiday would be costly; therefore, this period isn’t perfect, and it’s better to avoid it.

2. Avoid the routes of popular tourism

If you have got a limited budget, and you want to save money while your trip to Italy, you have to get away from popular routes, for example, chose a hotel in a non-touristic region and look for restaurants, commercial stores used by local inhabitants and avoid high-class places and don’t shop from the principle attractive shops and malls, so that you can save a lot of money.
If you wish to travel to Italy and experience an enjoyable trip, then take into consideration our travel guide hereinafter.

A travel to Italy, as we have already mentioned, is one of the most beautiful and amazing experiences; you can then choose to travel to the north or to the South of Italy.
The north of Italy is rich, as for its economy as for its culture. It is characterized by its industrial history and its mythic companies, in addition to its gastronomy. All this didn’t prevent the region from preserving its authenticity, its art of living impregnated with simplicity and share, as for an ideal environment sometimes savage. Italy is suitable for all travels (nature, mountains, cities, relaxation)
Each region in Italy has its characteristics; the region of Italian lakes has always been attracted and seduced by visitors, from the romantics of the 19th century to the international stars, charmed by its pearls in clear waters located in a pre-alpine landscape of all beauty.

The piedmont travel between its alpine hills and its capital, Turin, the industrial heart of Italy. The Liguria, the Italian Riviera, swings between the sea and the mountain. Lombardy, its cities of art, its charming small villages, and its medieval basilica. The Venetian, characterized by its rich culture and art, its religious heritage is one of the cradles of art history. Emilia Romagna is a city full of history: Bologna.

Whether for the coastal landscapes, the antic and medieval architectural heritage, or again the streets and its romantic mood, there is always something delightful.
In the Tuscany, the cypress groves arranged sparingly on the hills and rivers. The big buildings of Chianti, plunged in a tide of green oaks, with the singing cicadas and the zenithal gravity of the sun. The dusty paths lined with walls of dry stones and olives trees. Few destinations in the world could be proud of such a beautiful work of art.
Umbria deserves to be called the « green lungs » of Italy. It certainly secretes and authentic than its neighbor Tuscany.

The South of Italy offers visitors rich regions with different beautiful landscapes. La Campania accumulates many opportunities to visit, starting with Napoli. The antiquity of certain habitations contrasts with the richness of the baroque. The fans of old stones will be conquered by ancient cities, almost intact such as; Pompeii and Herculaneum. The bay of Napoli with its famous islands: Capri, Ischia or Procida. Finally, the Amalfi coast unfolds one of the most sumptuous landscapes of Italy.

The discovery of the Puglia remains the one of a less monumental Italy, but just interesting with the baroque Lecce and the perched villages. A farming land, where the stones’ constructions are founded into a landscape, like the conical roofs of disseminated Trulli in the pastures and its ancient farms surrounded by olive groves.
Concerning the discrete Basilicata, it has more to unveil. What to say about Matera and its sea coasts that are still preserved?

La Calabria is still peaceful. The sea is of such a heavenly blue color, the mountains reserve a nice trip, and its capital Reggio Calabria contains an impressive archeological museum.
After all that has been said about Italy, its amazing cities and its climate, here we move to one of the most visited destinations in Italy, which is Rome.
Rome, Italy, is the capital city, which wasn’t built in a day if you are planning to go to Italy. If you have already booked in another town, then you should visit Rome, one of the world’s most romantic and charismatic destinations. Rome is a real-life collage of piazzas, open-air markets, and amazing historical sites.

Here below you’ll find Italy travel guide in brief and some travel tips which would help you on your trip to Italy.
Rome is a beautiful city. Rome considered to be among the most amazing cities in the world; wandering in Rome gives you the feeling like if you are walking through a big museum; indeed, every street, every church, and every building reflects the image of history and Romans. Rome is one of the unique destinations that everyone should visit.

Some of the essential tips that you need to follow are:

Not to get inside the Colosseum

The Roman Colosseum is the most popular attractions in Italy and the most famous symbol of Rome. When you visit the Colosseum, you’ll find yourself among hundreds of tourists there. Thus, it would be better not to get inside the Colosseum and keep seeing the exterior of the building; otherwise, you would spend hours in the line to get the entering ticket.

Avoid tourist restaurants

Travel to Italy is for sure related to food; Italian food is absolutely delicious. But to give a bit of advice, avoid tourist restaurants and eat with locals so that you can save more euros.
After talking about Rome here is a brief about Venice.
A travel to Italy must be accomplished by a visit to the capital of romanticism, lovers, gondola rides. Welcome to Venice! A city unique in the world, founded in the heart of a swamp by refugees fleeing the Gothic invaders. The richness of its past is still intact, and countless museums, palaces, churches, and squares bear witness to the prosperity of the Venetian State over the centuries. During your trip to Venice, don’t miss the flavors of North-East Italy: Polenta, Tiramisu, Carpaccio, to name a few. Lovers of nature and outdoor activities will find their happiness in the far north of the country, the Dolomites mountain range, which offers countless breathtaking landscapes.
Other places that you shouldn’t miss when you travel to Italy are Tuscany, including Pisa and the leaning tower of Pisa.

Tuscany, evocative name for all lovers of the extraordinary landscapes between cities and valleys and art lovers. A trip to Tuscany is the promise of dazzling sites, real artistic testimonies, but also of breathtaking nature. The incredible Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance in Italy and listed as UNESCO World Heritage, has no equal in artistic wealth (churches, museums, palaces) while the region of Pisa, illustrated by the unmissable Tower of Pisa offers a striking contrast with its ruiniform landscapes, its geothermal springs, its forests and marshes which are so many treasures that this very particular land contains. Arezzo and Siena, in the heart of Chianti, hilly landscapes typical of Tuscany, surrounded by the Apennines harmoniously combine art, history, and nature. Also, Tuscany is a perfect land to admire colorful landscapes, relax at a good table with a glass of wine, and walk the valleys on foot.
To sum up, Italy is a uniquely beautiful country that one should visit, so if you are planning a trip, choose to travel to Italy and don’t forget to follow our travel guide and tips, and then enjoy your travel.

Originally published on Live Positively.